Developing Countries: Nature Conservation

Department for International Development written question – answered at on 22 October 2018.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of Official Development Assistance is spent on protecting endangered species.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

There is no exact figure for the proportion of overseas development assistance spent on protecting endangered species. DFID is supporting a range of activities to support tackling IWT and to conserve nature and wildlife, including by reducing poverty, strengthening borders and creating green corridors, including committing over £600m funding between 2011-2021. This includes:

- £150m for the Global Environment Facility from 2018 to 2022 (as well as £100m from Defra) – this includes the world’s biggest fund on tackling IWT, the Global Wildlife Programme, of which the UK has contributed $17m (approximate £13m) during the same period.

- £46m from 2013 to 2021 countering Illicit Financial Flows in Africa and mobilising international action against corruption.

- £328m from 2011 to 2021 to support work in the forestry sector, increasing trade in legal timber and reducing the demand for illegal and unsustainable food and timber products.

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